Ju­niors to show skills

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CFA’s ju­nior mem­bers are gear­ing up to show­case their skills at the Vol­un­teer Fire Brigades Vic­to­ria Ju­nior State Ur­ban Fire Brigade Cham­pi­onships in Tatura on Fe­bru­ary 25 and 26.

About 800 ju­niors are set to com­pete in the an­nual cham­pi­onships, dis­play­ing a range of fire­fight­ing skills, in­clud­ing hos­ing a tar­get, climb­ing sky-high ladders and rolling hoses.

CFA chief of­fi­cer Steve War­ring­ton said the cham­pi­onships were an op­por­tu­nity for mem­bers to com­pete, meet other ju­nior fire brigade mem­bers from across the CFA and travel around Vic­to­ria.

‘‘Through­out the week­end we will see 76 teams from 47 brigades around Vic­to­ria com­pet­ing in th­ese cham­pi­onships,’’ he said.

‘‘This is a very im­por­tant week­end for CFA ju­niors. They are the fu­ture fire­fight­ers in Vic­to­ria and this is an op­por­tu­nity to show­case their skills and en­thu­si­asm.

‘‘Th­ese cham­pi­onships pro­mote the im­por­tant val­ues of team­work, health and well­be­ing, as well as sim­u­lat­ing many of the prac­ti­cal tasks a fire­fighter must un­der­take.

‘‘They are an im­por­tant part of the CFA’s vol­un­teer cul­ture and a great chance for ju­niors to make new friends.’’

The Tatura Fire Brigade won the right to host the cham­pi­onships and have hosted many cham­pi­onships in the past, most re­cently last year.

The event is ex­pected to at­tract about 2000 peo­ple to Tatura, in­clud­ing fam­ily, friends and loved ones of the 800 com­peti­tors.

The ju­nior cham­pi­onships are for ju­nior ur­ban brigade mem­bers aged from 11 to 17. There are 18 events and two age groups for events — un­der-14s and un­der-17s.

All events are based on prac­ti­cal fire­fight­ing ac­tiv­i­ties. They build fit­ness, team skills and ca­pa­bil­i­ties with hoses, hy­drants and other equip­ment.

Vic­to­ri­ans from age 11 can join the CFA as ju­nior mem­bers through the Ju­nior Vol­un­teer De­vel­op­ment Pro­gram.

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